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Bank Deposit Contracts Versus Financial Market Participation in Emerging Economies

  • Alexander Zimper

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

The financial sector of emerging economies in Africa is characterized by a non-competitive banking sector which dominates any direct participation of agents in asset markets. Based on a variant of Diamond and Dybvig's (1983) model of financial intermediation, we formally explain both stylized facts through market inexperience of agents in emerging economies. While experienced agents correctly predict future market clearing equilibrium prices, inexperienced agents are ignorant about future market equilibria. As a consequence, a monopolistic banking sector can exploit these agents because their only outside option is an autarkic investment project.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201334.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201334
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